It’s scorpions in the bottle!
The bureaucrats thought they were immune. The Edward Snowden revealed the NSA’s schematics to bug the whole bureaucratic bunch.
This is from Grant Williams, who in my view offers more chuckles per “I never knew that” revelation than any other financial commentator.
Snowden did it again.
The European Union building on New York’s Third Avenue is an office tower with a glittering facade and an impressive view of the East River. Chris Matthews, the press officer for the EU delegation to the United Nations, opens the ambassadors’ room on the 31st floor, gestures toward a long conference table and says:
“This is where all ambassadors from our 28 members meet every Tuesday at 9 a.m.” It is the place where Europe seeks to forge a common policy on the UN.
To mark the official opening of the delegation’s new offices in September 2012, EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso and EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy flew in from Brussels, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was on hand as guest of honor. For “old” Europe — which finances over one-third of the regular UN budget — this was a confirmation of its geopolitical importance.
For the National Security Agency (NSA), America’s powerful intelligence organization, the move was above all a technical challenge. A new office means freshly painted walls, untouched wiring and newly installed computer networks — in other words, loads of work for the agents. While the Europeans were still getting used to their glittering new offices, NSA staff had already acquired the building’s floor plans. The drawings completed by New York real estate company Tishman Speyer show precisely to scale how the offices are laid out. Intelligence agents made enlarged copies of the areas where the data servers are located. At the NSA, the European mission near the East River is referred to by the codename “Apalachee”.
The floor plans are part of the NSA’s internal documents relating to its operations targeting the EU. They come from whistleblower Edward Snowden, and SPIEGEL has been able to view them.